Listen to Richard Buckner's Surrounded now via NY Times

Listen to Richard Buckner's Surrounded now via NY Times

Richard Buckner's new album Surrounded will be in stores on September 3.

Listen to the full album now via The New York Times' Press Play.

In the time since Our Blood was released and after a few long tours, Richard Buckner attempted to work on writing short stories but found himself drawn back into the music room. The evidence of his time in the writer’s chair is clear in the dense, lovely prose of Surrounded. The now-infamous process of recording and re-recording Our Blood left him a bit gun-shy, so this time Buckner decided to get each song out of his house as soon as it was finished to avoid the contamination of over-thinking and enlisted the help of famed producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Beth Orton).

Listen to Surrounded now via NY Times

“When You Tell Me How It Is” was the first song chosen for Surrounded," says Buckner. “I wanted the story to open with an all-out attack on the blurred recollections of a ruminator, someone sensing that something is coming. I wrote the opening title track ‘Surrounded’ as a setup for ‘When You Tell Me How It Is’ to show someone sitting up through an open-ended night with a feeling that something was going to break.”

The album concludes with “Lean-To” and the lyric “Who set you free believing that you just weren’t trying hard enough?:” As Buckner explains, “I wanted the album to begin where it ended and vice versa, like an Ouroboros calling its own bluff. It’s why I ended it with a question left with a colon to lead it back.”

Watch & share the video from the first single off Surrounded — “When You Tell Me How It Is”

Pre-order Surrounded now on CD or LP in the Merge store. The first 200 preorders will include a signed poster, each containing a unique message from Richard Buckner.

“The emotional heft and stark beauty in Buckner’s streamlined singing, sorrowful melodies, and sparse instrumental work are such that he could sing gibberish and make it work.” —Chicago Reader

Richard Buckner on tour:
* = w/ Califone
Sep 08 Richmond, VA — Capital Ale House *
Sep 09 Charlottesville, VA — The Southern *
Sep 11 Pittsburgh, PA — Thunderbird Cafe *
Sep 13 Wilmington, DE — World Cafe Live at The Queen *
Sep 14 Philadelphia, PA — World Cafe Live *
Sep 15 Brooklyn, NY — Littlefield *
Sep 17 New Haven, CT — Cafe 9 *
Sep 18 Pawtucket, RI — The Met *
Sep 19 Northampton, MA — Iron Horse *
Sep 20 Boston, MA — Museum of Fine Arts *
Sep 21 Portsmouth, NH — Book and Bar
Sep 22 Bar Harbor, ME — Lompoc
Sep 24 Montreal, QC — Casa Del Popolo
Sep 28 Iowa City, IA — Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Sep 30 Kansas City, MO — Record Bar
Oct 01 St. Louis, MO — Demos
Oct 02 Little Rock, AR — White Water Tavern
Oct 03 Denton, TX — Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
Oct 04 Austin, TX — Hotel Vegas
Oct 06 New Orleans, LA — New Orleans Mint
Oct 07 Baton Rouge, LA — Mud + Water
Oct 08 Mobile, AL — Satori
Oct 09 Atlanta, GA — Drunken Unicorn
Oct 10 Durham, NC — The Pinhook
Oct 11 Asheville, NC — The Mothlight